Baby Brennan Eckert

This blog is devoted to Brennan Charles Eckert, born November 16, 2007, to parents Kim and Jeff and big brother Tommy. On January 25, 2008, 10 week-old Brennan was admitted to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital. He was severely dehydrated and eventually diagnosed with Slick Gut Syndrome. Brennan's doctors tell us he will be here about a month with a lengthy recovery at home as well. This blog is meant to update all those who are loving and supporting us and our sweet Brennan.

UPDATE: Brennan spent 21 days at TC Thompson and was discharged from the hospital on February 14, 2008. He began receiving food by mouth on February 18. His oral feeds were gradually increased as his tube feedings were decreased until he was shifted to 100% oral feeds on February 29. His feeding tube was removed on March 3, and his central line was removed on March 6. According to his doctor, Brennan is now a "normal baby with a recovering gut." He is home with us and doing great! 

Although we never could have prepared for this experience, we are more grateful than we ever could have been for the gift of our son. We have been so blessed by a community of folks who walked with us on this journey. Some were people we hardly knew, and others were lifelong loved ones, but we were given to abundantly at a time when our needs were great. And we are so thankful for how God met us in our need through the hands and feet and love of so many of his people.

"Let the Great Rabbi hold you silently against His heart. In learning who He is, you will find out who you are: Abba's child in Christ our Lord."
-Brennan Manning

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

boys boys boys

I haven't written about our boys in quite some time, and I just wanted to share a few photos to let you know how great our little Brennan is doing! He just went to his pediatrician and his GI doc last week, and they both stated their disbelief at his overall health and growth. He is now in the 75th percentile for weight (21 pounds) and the 95th percentile for height and off the charts in head size (just like his brother, and all thanks to his dad on the latter two things). Brennan is a huge bundle of energy and joy. He started crawling at six months and is currently trying to climb and stand on everything (he'll be eight months on July 16). When we walk into the room and see him, his whole face breaks into this enormous grin with two little teeth and one super cute dimple. We melt every time, as you might imagine.

It is hard to believe, at times, what our sweet boy went through only a few months ago. He is so healthy and happy and energetic - we are blessed beyond measure. He still has reflux and a bit of iron deficiency, and takes meds and follows a somewhat strict diet, but these are things we are not complaining about! We continue to be so grateful that God brought Brennan into our lives, and we are so thankful for how well he is doing.

Tommy is also doing well. He's a high-energy 3 1/2 year old and keeps us super busy. He is learning about sharing with his brother. this is not his favorite thing. but he is also a super sweet big brother who eagerly waits for brennan to wake up from naps and loves to crawl in brennan's crib and cuddle him.

we feel so blessed to be sharing life with these two amazing boys, and we just wanted to give a little update on how they are doing. thank you again to all of you who have lifted up our family in the last months.



The Hopkins Family said...

I'm so happy to hear that you and your family are doing well! I can't believe how much Brennan has grown. I don't even know that last time that I saw you guys. We should get together sometime. Hope to see you soon!

Jerome said...

Kim & Jeff,

Vanessa and I are very pleased to read about Brennan's full recovery. We'd love to get together with you guys as soon as your schedule allows.

Hope all is well.


Alicia said...

I can't get over how much both the boys have changed since we last saw you at our playdate at the park! Brennan is especially growing and changing, more like a little boy these days. Hope to see you soon!